Friday, November 10, 2006

Coto de Caza Board of Directors and Pat Bates Make a GREAT TEAM! -

Coto de Caza Board of Directors and Pat Bates Make a GREAT TEAM! - The South Orange County Welfare Services Leadership Board

September 29, 2006

The Coto de Caza subsidizes the Estates and the Villages at the tune of over $1,000,000/year.

Pat Bates voted to raise pensions to public employees by a whopping 50% (SB 400). This Bill set the stage for the 3% at 50 benefit package that financially threatens the viability of Orange and San Diego Counties.

The Coto de Caza Board of Directors Subsidizes CotoCAN to promote a wider community, while certain members of such community, namely the Estates, want to create their own uber-exclusive community in a gates within the gates arrangement.

The Pat Bates 3% at 50 means that the benefit is 3% of the highest years earnings (including every cost allowance available at the retiree's departure (including clothing allowance, misssed meals allowance, second language allowance--- 24 separate allowances in all) multiplied by the number of years of employment and ALL PAYABLE AT AGE 50. Example: a 30 year employee retiring at age 50 with a final years compensation of $70,000 plus allowances of $10,000 would be entitled to 3% X $80,000 X 30 years or $72,000 FOR LIFE! A recent computation comparing a retiree under the 3% at %50 rule and a normal retiree from industry showed the 3% at 50 receiving about ONE MILLION DOLLARS in retirement pay BEFORE THE INDUSTRY RETIREE COLLECTED A DIME IN FEDERAL RETIREMENT. Great subsidy for the Sheriffs Union! Why else would you suspect that an un-named South Orange County Deputy Sheriff would endorse Ms. Bates for Orange County Supervisor

The Coto de Caza board of directors accepted “free trees” from Ladera Ranch, costing at least $45,000.00. The same board that brought in a GateWorks – a “free” online registration service - that costs over $100,000 just for printing guest passes! The same board that subsidizes the Sports Park at the tune of tens of thousands of dollars for use for non-residents. The Coto de Caza Board of Directors continue to pursue personal agendas through the Varo for Mayor Committee, pushing the shortly-to-be-bankrupt Rancho Santa Margarita to absorb Coto de Caza.

Bates voted for more than $500 million in pay increases for public employees at a time when the state was billions in debt.

CotoBuzz and others asked this Coto de Caza board to focus on association matters, rather than to pursue personal agendas. The same board that fired the CHP for pro-active traffic control without a suitable replacement, with two tragic traffic fatalities, whereas the community did not have a fatality over the last ten years. The same board that was coerced into bringing back the CHP after these tragedies. Yet, even after these incidents, the board refuses to recognize a public safety committee, and instead close to nine months later, a “public safety committee” is formed with a focus on turning Coto into a City. Varo then brags that he will fire the CHP, and replace it with the Sheriff, then denies having made the promise, yet no-one has been in touch with CHP management to alert them about management changes within Coto de Caza!

However, once again the board is using association funds to promote the CSD/City Hood issues by inviting “…some residents who will take the reins on the investigation of the merits and/or lack thereof associated with the formation of a CSD.”

Bates voted for SB 401; AB 738; SB 160 for which her consultant is quoted saying "...she has been up front in saying she regrets the AYE votes she made on these Bills."

Coto de Caza Board of Directors and Pat Bates make a GREAT Team! We suggest a name for this alliance: The South Orange County Welfare Services Leadership Board

But wait – there is more!

Pat Bates has been asked numerous times to respond to these and other issues.

The Coto de Caza has received a good number of comprehensive fiscally responsible budget and public safety proposals.

No response from either!
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